There’s a softness in this work by Canadian illustrator Katty Maurey that I just find utterly enchanting. It’s hard to put into words, but her images have a tenderness and a sense of contemplation about them that I’m just totally drawn to. Her soft pastel colors seem to create imagined scenes of simple moments, but in their simplicity there is a really beauty.
In 2011, artist Heidi Voet created this fantastic carpet, titled Is six afraid of seven/ ’cause seven, eight, nine / I’m about to lose the pieces I find, made out of 4,000 digital wristwatches, weaving them into a beautiful and elaborate pattern. Incredibly, all of the watches were also set to the same time and same alarm, meaning they’d all go off at the very same time… for a while.
Is six afraid of seven/ ’cause seven, eight, nine/ I’m about to lose the pieces I find is an elaborate carpet woven together from over four thousand, multicolored watches all set to the exact time. (…) at intervals throughout the day, the watch alarms simultaneously ring in a symphony of digital chimes. Over the course of the exhibition, the watches will inevitably malfunction, losing their synchronicity and eventually sounding like an out of rhythm and out of tune orchestra. Thus, as the title of the work implies, the march of time is subtle yet unceasing and its cumulative effect results ultimately in dissolution and increased chaos.
California College of the Arts student Matthew Lew became a volunteer usher at venues so he could see his favorite bands perform. A smart move for a college student, but as a student of design, all he could focus on was how poorly designed the tickets were. So he decided to do a straightforward redesign, getting rid of poor type and duplicative information to truly help the ticket holder find their seat.
In his post on Medium he does a good job of outlining why the design is poorly done, the research he did in ways of improving the tickets, and what he’d change for his redesign. I think my only note is that the background image of the artist makes it feel a bit noisy, where some of the smaller text gets slightly more difficult to read at a glance. Otherwise, I think it’s an idea that’s been well thought out and equally well executed.
You can see his full explanation by clicking here.
Out with the emerald, in with the… purple? Pantone has recently announced their selection for 2014’s Color of the Year: PANTONE 18-3224, or better known as Radiant Orchid. Referring to it as an invitation to innovation, Radiant Orchid “encourages expanded creativity and originality,” says Pantone. Whether you agree with Pantone’s selections or not, the “Color of the Year” is a friendly reminder to the designer in everyone to be conscious of the use of colors.
The yule log is traditionally a piece of hard wood that burns for hours on seasonal holidays like X-mas. But fireplaces seem like a far off dream for many of us renters, who prefer a monthly rent over a pricey monthly mortgage.
That’s where Yule Log 2.0, a digital version of the holiday routine. Curated by Daniel Savage and built by Wondersauce, the site features 66 different yule logs interpreted by all the best artists and designers out there. My personal favorites are by Greg Gunn, Erica Gorochow, and Chris Lohouse. Turn the heat up and throw this on the TV!
Not sure where this came from but I’m loving this Erlend Oye cover of Wham’s X-mas classic “Last Christmas”. It’s already my favorite X-mas time song, but hearing Erlend do his Kings of Convenience-esque version is kind of a dream. Definitely brings the song a much more somber tone, perfect for the winter.
One of my favorite places to seek inspiration is the Tokyo Illustrators Society. Set up in 1988, they have an amazing roster of members, all of whom are producing a great range of work. One artist who I recently discovered is Fumio Watanabe and I absolutely love his work. Hoping to find out a little more about him, I googled his name and was amused to discover that one of the only English-language pieces written about him comes from this very site! It would seem that myself and Bobby have very similar tastes! Anyway, since the last time we checked in with Fumio he has continued to produce some really wonderful work and so I thought it was time that I shared some more of his work with you.
I stumbled upon one of the more unique (but still usable) typefaces I’ve seen in a while this week. London is an elegant, Gatsby-esque display typeface with a pleasant use of negative space.
I wasn’t surprised to find out who was behind this polished typeface. You’ve probably seen some of freelance designer Antonio Rodrigues Jr.’s other work before, his type illustrations are all over creative aggregation sites. You may recognize his project Better With Flowers, one of my personal favorites, or another project, Stay.